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Friday, June 24, 2005

Fascinating Facts about Me

1) What stickers do you have on your car?
a) Radiohead, b) Stereo Crush, c) remnants of an REM sticker

2) How/where did you meet your last bf/gf?
Through mutual friends, we kind of met a few times without being properly introduced, finally she came to my house with some friends and we watched "The Big Lebowski". That sealed the deal, so now we're married. She still calls me "El Duderino".

3) What do you hear right now?
Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
Creedence - Lodi

4) If you could have a drink of anything right this second, what
would it be?
Ice water

5) Does anything hurt on your body right now?
My left knee - it's my achille's heel.

6)How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could
chuck wood?

7) What's your job position called?
Ad writer / producer

8) What size ring do you wear?
Hell if I know.

9) Do you own a picture phone?
WTF? No, man. No.

10) What's your bf/gf's birthday?
February 9th

11) What's your Mom's favorite band/musician?
My dad

12) What's your Dad's favorite band/musician?
Tie: Yes/The Yellowjackets/Steely Dan

13) What was your highschool's mascot?
A "tech-man". Your guess is as good as mine.

14) What's your favorite bottled water?
Widmer W 05. I believe it's a pale ale.

15) What's the next concert/show you're going to and when?
Who can say? The only tix I have are for U2 in December, but I've gone to shows the past 3 Thursdays, so if that's any indication... Then I'll probably go out next Thursday.

16) What were you doing at 9 pm last night?
Watching the wrap-up for the Pistons v Spurs game.

17) What's your favorite Starbucks drink?
Doppio con panna or Double 12 oz. Americano

18) Do you exercise as much as you should?

19) Did you attend your High School prom?
Regrettably, yes.

20) Would you give your bf/gf a second chance if they cheated on
Hell no. Welcome to Dumpville: Population - You

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

L Mix R

L Mix R, originally uploaded by Sloop.

So, my band finally decided on a name - L Mix R, and while we were at it, we put up a myspace page (until our real website goes up) and we took some self-portraits and agreed to post an old synthy demo. We'll start playing shows in July, so strap in and prepare to feel the G's. Please look and listen to us here. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Rock and Roll All Night!

I want to urge everyone in Portland and the surrounding boroughs to either go see Bryan Free at the Doug Fir (free show!) or Stars of Track & Field and Longwave at Dante's (it's only $5!).
I hope to see you at one or both of these, my fellow rock and rollers.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

There's this snake wearing a vest...

This morning, while driving to work, I saw a semi-truck that had painted on it a snake wearing a construction worker's outfit, with a jacket, a hardhat, and outstretched arms with gloves on his hands. Yes, a snake with arms. I thought this was totally idiotic, but the kicker was the slogan, "Rockmorse says No! to drugs". Seriously. Why the f should I listen to a snake named Rockmorse, with a forked tongue and gloves tell me about doing drugs? I would normally jump at the chance to listen to the wisdom of a snake in a hardhat, but come on, "Rockmorse says No! to drugs"? Why would anybody offer drugs to a snake with arms, on a jobsite, repeatedly? Regardless, it's good that he didn't just say "no" once, but he "says 'No!'" each and every time. Out of curiousity, I offered him some television, and he said "Maybe!".

The real lesson here is: a) snakes are frequently tempted by drugs, b) snakes can talk, c) snakes have arms, d) snakes work construction.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Thank God for Grammar School

Myspace quotes:

OH YEAH YEAH YEAH out biatches...I'm comin 2 rock ur a$$es this weekend...HOLLA!!! =D
Yet another Robbii love... hahaha so roykstoppppp!!!! is comming to the hollywood bowl on the 7th biotch! You better be here!!! Otherwise Ill have to put my kettle on myself...:) :
muah you are missed

Man!!!! That is you! man i thought you were someone els!!!! hahaha!

TAG UR IT!!!!!

DAM U HOT SEXXXXX BITCH!!! ur modeling pics LOOOK GREAT!!! do the dam thang thang!!! anyways MI AMOR... how have u been?! whats JOLLY wit u?! get bakk at me asap!!! i wanna see u before i leave to italy at least ONCE!!!!

Monday, June 13, 2005

The verdict is in!

Michael Jackson: Guilty on all counts!
Well, that's my personal judgment of him. The jury of his "peers" found him not guilty.
My question is, who really are Michael Jackson's peers?

1. Darth Sidious
2. Jar Jar Binks
3. Bubbles the Chimp
4. Ronald McDonald
5. Jim Carey as The Joker
6. A steaming pile of sh*t
7. Some perverts that are already imprisoned
8. That evil clown from my dreams
9. The principal from "Ferris Bueller" - total perv
10. Any other all-singing all-dancing child-molesters who have sold millions of records
11. Lyndie England
12. This guy

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Modern Rock

So, this morning, my alarm woke me up to the sound of Grover singing some rock song. After a minute, I figured out it was actually the latest Foo Fighters song. And, as much as I was ready to hate it, the new Coldplay album is very pretty and nice. It's not going to change rock history or anything, but it's very decent and listenable, much like their last one.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Last Nite

I spent yesterday acing my film final, then sheet-rocking the band room ceiling with Johnny. Then, later last night, we went to Berbati's to see The National and Menomena. Mo stayed home to sleep.

I have to say that The National started off pretty boring and slow, but halfway through their set, they woke up and finally started rocking. My main problem with them is that their drummer didn't seem to be aware of the ride cymbal, and when he did spy that cymbal over there, he tapped it very lightly, like he was afraid of causing a fuss. The thing is, though, their supposed to be a freaking rock band, so I was hoping to get my ass kicked, but instead it was gently massaged.

Menomena, on the other hand, knows how to rock and roll. Danny smacks those drums with Thor's hammer. He's a guy who's not afraid to bash away and get noisy, and I like it. Menomena played, like, 5 new songs and they were good and varied and the band doesn't sound like it's repeating itself.

So, I got home at 1:30, hopped into bed at 2 for a quick read before going to sleep, and Mo started acting up.

Her: Hey! What are you doing? Are you crazy? Are you out of your mind? I'm trying to sleep! I've been asleep since 12 and you just woke me up!
Me (whisper/shouting): Hey! Whatever! I need to read before I can fall asleep!
Her: Shut up! Rude! I need to wake up in 2 hours!
Me: Why the fudge would you need to wake up at 4 in the morning?
Her: ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Me (shutting off the light): I'll get you back! Mark my words!

So today she suggested that I read in a different room before going to sleep; I suggested she get a blindfold.

A day in the life of my dog, Lola

Arrrrrrrrrrg!! Hungry! Must kill visitors!! ARrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Where's that Yoshi bastard so I can step on his head?! ARRRRRRRRRRRRR! MMMMM! This floor tastes delicious! Yummy, this ladies shoe is like some fine cheese! ARRRRRRRRroo roo roo! It's the friggin mailman! That bastard keeps coming back! ARR ARR ARR!! Ok, I've got to concentrate, think of something peaceful. Think of something square. It's a square. My brain hurts. Must lay down. Too overwhelmed with brainery. Aroooooooooo.
(lays down)
(someone comes in the door)
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRG!! Must kill friends of Sloop and Moz!!!

And repeat. All day long. Forever.

So, different dogs for different... needs.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Good Shepard

Last weekend, Moz and I had the pleasure of attending a sweet little play over on Belmont with our dear friends Mr. and Mrs. Kazu Googoo. The play was called A Lie of the Mind and it was really good. Basically, everyone goes or stays crazy. And I don't just mean in the play. Think about it. I've never really gone to a small theatrical production before, but I totally dug it. My past experience with "The Theater" was seeing some olde timey shite by Bill E. Shakespeare at the cavernous halls downtown. (Did I mention that I used to work at a summer camp with a direct descendent of Mr.'Speare? Tis true.) I also took a "Drama as Lit" class back at PCC many a fortnight ago. Anyhow, it was good to see some real life acting, up close and personal. One comment about the play: there was a "brief" mixup and I saw a few plot "holes" when somebody's hospital gown nearly fell off. Zoinks! Interested parties can buy tickets and learn more here.

Yesterday, the phone rang and Lola ran to the back door and barked, hoping to see who had rung our back porch door bell. Man is she dumb! No matter how many times I tell her, she just can't get it through her thick head that she will never ever ever have a visitor, ever. But if she ever does, I'll have to get one of these.

Monday, June 06, 2005

My test results

You completed 84 questions on the Spanish GSFL test of which 30 were
correct. Your formula score was 12, unfortunately you need a score of
33 to pass the test. You are welcome to take the test again on the
first Friday in July, the 1st.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Finally see it right

I have a little story that I like to call "How I Passed Spanish 203 without really Trying". It's a super long-but-true story that I lived today.

In order to graduate from Portland State University, you have to show that you can comprehend a foreign lingiddy (Spanish in my case) at a certain level. I can show this by either taking 2 years of Spanish classes, or by taking a certain 90 question Scantron test. I've already taken a year of Spanish and I guarantee you, I don't like it. So I'm signed up for a condensed bunch of courses for the summer term which would essentially give me 9 months of Spanish classes in 9 weeks. I'm not looking forward to that one bit, so I found out about this equivalency test only yesterdee, so you bet I had to pull up my boot straps, buckle down and figure out how to speak Spanish in a hurry.

Today, I went down to school, up to the office where they supposedly administer the test. There's a crazy lady with a Starbucks cup, frizzy hair, and a sweater is standing in the doorway, virtually blocking any traffic. But I go up to the front desk, undaunted. This ignorant mouthy chick from my film class is sitting at the desk. She doesn't know that we share a film class, or if she does, she makes no sign of recognition. Whatever. She is looking around the room, disdainfully and totally bored and irritated. She finally looks up at me. I give her a smile and begin to speak:

Me: I'm here to take the Spanish equival-
Her: Yeah. (looks at the clock) It starts in nnnnnn...... 9 minutes.
Me: Nine minutes, eh? Exactly nine? It's-
Her: (looking around the room, bored by this ignorant boy pestering her)
If you'll wait in the hall, we'll tell you when it's ti-
Me: Gotcha. (I turn leave to wait in the hall)

So, after 9ish minutes (that felt like infinity) some other lady finally came out and led a group of us who had been waiting down the hall to a room and she administered the tests. Not just for Spanish but also for French, German and Latin. The crazy lady with the sweater was in front of me, taking the German test, but she kept eyeing me suspiciously and shifting around so that I couldn't peek over her shoulder.

The point, if there is one, is that on my actual packet of questions, some kind souls had indicated the correct answers on about 90% of the questions. Isn't that awesome? Good thing, too, because I sure don't comprehend Spanish that well. Hopefully, the test administrator doesn't read this blog and bust me.

ATTENTION PSU STAFF: If you are reading this, then I am a 45ish year old woman with a gray and black afro, a mauve sweater, and a crazy look in my eye. I was sitting the third seat from the back left, and I smelled like cats and mothballs.

I'll find out next Monday or Tuesday if I passed. Here's hoping for "buena suerte"! (Spanish for "good sweaters!")

Secondly, this guy is right on the money.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The most amazing blog ever

Seriously. I'm pretty sure it's by an enthusiastic Malaysian girl. I don't think I fully understand it, but I think it exemplifies everything good about the internet and blogging specifically. It can be found right here.

In other news, The Posies, one of my favoritest bands evah has a new album coming out in a few weeks. Here is an mp3 of a new song from them.

Oh, and to answer your question, you can read about Jeremy Enigk here. And you can read about squandering here.